Driver admits two police pursuits

Car-red-rearA 21-year-old man has admitted involvement in two police pursuits in Christchurch and is in custody for sentence in September.

Dane Carr admitted a charge of drink-driving on the night of a police pursuit in Buckleys Road, Linwood, and also admitted refusing to allow a blood sample to be taken after an earlier pursuit in Deans Avenue.

He admitted dangerous driving in both pursuits, as well as driving while his licence was suspended on both occasions. He has driving while he had two earlier convictions for breaching suspensions or disqualifications by driving.

The first police pursuit took place on Deans Avenue on June 14, 2014, and the second happened in Buckleys Road on July 1 this year.

Carr was tracked by police dogs after that second pursuit ended, and police today dropped a charge of resisting arrest arising from that incident.

He has also admitted a charge of unlawfully getting into a car.

He has been in custody since his arrest on July 1, and put in his guilty pleas today by video-link from Christchurch Men’s Prison.

Judge Neave decided that he would remain in custody for his sentencing on September 4, but he ordered a pre-sentence report to cover his suitability for a home detention sentence that would be served at a Darfield address.

At the time of his arrest, Carr was listed as a builder, of “no fixed abode, Christchurch central”.

Defence counsel Jeff McCall said Carr’s time in custody had led to him realising that he needed to face up to the consequences of his offending and deal with his issues. That had led to him putting in the guilty pleas.


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